A federal judge on Wednesday accused a class action lawyer of trying to delay a settlement that helped nearly 600 eating disorder patients so he could pursue a fight with a co-counsel over shares of a $2.45 million fee award.

U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg in Newark, N.J., told David Mazie of Roseland, N.J.’s Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman at a hearing that he put his own interests above “those of people who are dying” when he sought to make the division of fees an issue just before the preliminary settlement in January of a case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

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